On Being Mature
“But solid food belongs to those who are mature.” (Hebrews 5:14)
Maturity is the aim of each one of us. We all like to be regarded as men and women who think, speak, and act in mature ways.
Recently I have been thinking about some examples of maturity.
- Maturity is acting better than you feel.
- Maturity is enduring a change in a custom and not making a big fuss about it even though you liked it better the old way.
- Maturity is being at a church gathering or a para-church gathering when you really did not feel up to coming and not telling anyone how bad you feel.
- Maturity is continuing to work in ministries after the newness and glamour have worn off.
- Maturity is staying put when the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence.
- Maturity is admitting a wrong without excuses or feeling that you have to explain all the circumstances that led you to that act.
- Maturity is forgiving yourself when God has.
- Maturity is choosing the company of the less popular crowd and enjoying it.
- Maturity is receiving criticism without defending yourself.
- Maturity is making the time and effort to greet every person in a warm, unhurried way even though that means a longer wait at the cafeteria.
- Jack Harriman, pulpit minister & teacher